Are you looking to scale your print on demand art business with automation tools and software?
As artists and entrepreneurs we are usually the sole employee of our business, and can only do so much. At some point we must turn to automation tools (or else hire someone) to take away some of the busy work, like uploading to marketplaces like Etsy, Redbubble, Society6 etc. This gives us back more time to create designs, which is what you’d rather be doing right?!
So if you’re ready to take your print on demand business to the next level, keep reading for a list of tools that might work for you!
Flying Upload is a versatile automation software which integrates with Redbubble, Printful, Society6, Teepublic, Zazzle and several other marketplaces. It also includes keyword suggestions, trademark / copyright checks, and more. You can upload images and then fill in the design information right in the software. It’s fairly easy to learn and user friendly compared with some of the others in this list.
Best for: Artists who sell on many different platforms and do artistic / pattern work as well as t-shirt designers.
Cost: Free version available, Pro from $7.95 per month, (JULIE10 for 10% off)
Pod Connect is another automation software which integrates with Printful and other marketplaces like Redbubble, Zazzle etc. Through Printful you can easily sell on Etsy, or even on your own website with a Shopify or Woocommerce storefront. The easiest way to upload your designs to the software is by creating a “CSV file” or spreadsheet with all of the design data. This requires a bit of work upfront but saves time in the long run.
Best for: Artists who use Printful with their own website or Etsy and do t-shirt designs.
Cost: Free trial, then $19.99 per month (JULIE20 for 20% off lifetime)
Book Bolt is an all-in-one Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) low content book creation tool, which works in the browser so you don’t have to download anything. It allows you to make lots of KDP interiors quickly and easily. There is also a built-in design tool which is pretty intuitive and you can upload your own images to pair with text and shapes. Keyword and niche research tools are also available in the tool. Upgrade to get access to PuzzleWiz which allows you to create all sorts of puzzle interiors, sudoku and more!
Learn more about selling your art on books through Amazon KDP.
Best for: Artists and designers who want to make book covers and sell “low content” books through Amazon KDP.
Cost: Some free interiors available, free trial then starts at $9.99 per month (20% off with code JULIE20).
Merch Informer is an all-in-one Merch by Amazon selling platform which includes upload automation to Amazon but also other print on demand platforms like Redbubble, Teespring etc. It also includes niche research, keyword suggestion tools and a built-in design tool for those who don’t have access to design software.
Best for: Artists and designers who focus on Merch by Amazon as their main selling platform.
Cost: Free trial, starts at $9.99 per month.
Like Merch Informer, Merch Titans is more geared towards folks who sell mainly on Merch by Amazon, but it can also upload to other marketplaces like Redbubble, Society6, Teepublic etc. There is also a separate tool for KDP, and tag (keyword) generators.
Best for: Artists and designers who focus on Merch by Amazon and make t-shirt designs.
Cost: Starts at $9.99 per month.
Productor Chrome Extension
Productor is a Google chrome extension which works on your Merch by Amazon dashboard. It gives you lots of analytics and also includes easy product copy and relisting functions. It’s not a 100% automated upload process since you still have to do some clicking, but it is very quick to relist designs and translate into other languages for international marketplaces.
Best for: Merch by Amazon sellers who want more analytics, translation and relisting tools.
So what are the best print on demand automation tools?
There are several different automation tools that have come available for print on demand in the last couple of years, and they’re all a little different. Your needs will vary depending on the style of art you do and the marketplaces you mainly sell on. I suggest using the free trials where available to test them out before making a decision.
Personally I’m using Flying Upload at this time. I also use the Productor Chrome Extension a lot and Book Bolt for KDP.
In the end, the best tool is the one that works for you, and is in your price range!
I hope you’ve found this post useful, feel free to leave any questions or other tools you use for your print on demand business in the comments below.
NOTE: If you’re having issues with a particular software, please contact their support, as I don’t work for them.
*Please note: Some of the tools listed include an affiliate link. When you make a purchase through the links I may earn a commission, which helps me create more content :)
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